Melbourne Cup Day – Interest Rates Remain Unchanged

Today’s Melbourne Cup day meeting of the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has announced to keep the cash rate on hold at 1.5%.

We have noticed that most of the major banks have halted their increases of variable rate loans for interest only and investment loans for now.

At Smart Search Finance we continually monitor lenders for interest rate changes outside the official rate, however, we expect that most lenders will leave their variable interest rates unchanged following the announcement. We also expect the cash rate to remain stable for a number months to come.

INTEREST RATE ANNOUNCEMENTS

No changes reported.

Current Bank Interest Rates Rate Cut and Date
Adelaide Bank / Bendigo Bank No Change Announced
AMP No Change Announced
ANZ No Change Announced
Bank of Melbourne No Change Announced
Bank of Queensland No Change Announced
BankWest No Change Announced
Citibank No Change Announced
Commonwealth Bank No Change Announced
ING Direct Bank No Change Announced
ME Bank No Change Announced
Heritage Bank No Change Announced
NAB No Change Announced
St George Bank No Change Announced
Suncorp Bank No Change Announced
Westpac No Change Announced

If you have any questions about the announcement or interest rates, please feel free to contact us.

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July Interest Rates Unchanged at 1.50%

Today’s June meeting of the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has announced to keep the cash rate on hold at 1.5%.

While the economists keep changing their mind on the economic future of the country, one this is for certain is that banks are forced to make lending for difficult for borrowers that seek interest only loans and property investment loans . We have seen in the last few months that interest rates have risen and the amount you can borrow against the property has reduced from 80 to 90 percent depending on the lender.

Banks and other lenders are continually reviewing their variable and fixed interest rates and we will keep you updated on any changes that may occur in the next month.

INTEREST RATE ANNOUNCEMENTS

No changes reported.

Current Bank Interest Rates Rate Cut and Date
Adelaide Bank / Bendigo Bank No Change Announced
AMP No Change Announced
ANZ No Change Announced
Bank of Melbourne No Change Announced
Bank of Queensland No Change Announced
BankWest No Change Announced
Citibank No Change Announced
Commonwealth Bank No Change Announced
ING Direct Bank No Change Announced
ME Bank No Change Announced
Heritage Bank No Change Announced
NAB No Change Announced
St George Bank No Change Announced
Suncorp Bank No Change Announced
Westpac No Change Announced

If you have any questions about the announcement or interest rates, please feel free to contact us.

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Variable Interest Rates On Hold For March

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Today’s March 7th meeting of the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has announced to keep the cash rate on hold at 1.5%. We expect this to remain stable for the remainder of the year.

In the last months we have seen a number of lenders increasing some of their variable rate products. We have seen increases in interest only loans and property investment loans for new and existing borrowers. This is an attempt to slow down the housing boom by making it more expensive for property investors to make future purchases. However, money is so cheap at the moment that even the small rate rises is having very little effect.

Banks and other lenders are continually reviewing their variable and fixed interest rates and we will keep you updated on any changes that may occur in the next month.

INTEREST RATE ANNOUNCEMENTS

No changes reported.

Current Bank Interest Rates Rate Cut and Date
Adelaide Bank / Bendigo Bank No Change Announced
AMP No Change Announced
ANZ No Change Announced
Bank of Melbourne No Change Announced
Bank of Queensland No Change Announced
BankWest No Change Announced
Citibank No Change Announced
Commonwealth Bank No Change Announced
ING Direct Bank No Change Announced
ME Bank No Change Announced
Heritage Bank No Change Announced
NAB No Change Announced
St George Bank No Change Announced
Suncorp Bank No Change Announced
Westpac No Change Announced

 

If you have any questions about the announcement or interest rates, please feel free to contact us.

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February Variable Interest Rates Remain at 1.50%

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Today’s February 6th meeting of the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has announced to keep the cash rate on hold at 1.5%. We expect this to remain stable for the next few months.

Banks and other lenders are continually reviewing their variable and fixed interest rates and we will keep you updated on any changes that may occur in the next month.

INTEREST RATE ANNOUNCEMENTS

No changes reported.

Current Bank Interest Rates Rate Cut and Date
Adelaide Bank / Bendigo Bank No Change Announced
AMP No Change Announced
ANZ No Change Announced
Bank of Melbourne No Change Announced
Bank of Queensland No Change Announced
BankWest No Change Announced
Citibank No Change Announced
Commonwealth Bank No Change Announced
ING Direct Bank No Change Announced
ME Bank No Change Announced
Heritage Bank No Change Announced
NAB No Change Announced
St George Bank No Change Announced
Suncorp Bank No Change Announced
Westpac No Change Announced

 

If you have any questions about the announcement or interest rates, please feel free to contact us.

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Rates On Hold Until February 2017

 

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Today the Reserve Bank of Australia has today announced that it has decided to keep the cash rate on hold at 1.5%. The RBA will not meet again until the first Tuesday in February 2017 so interest rates will remain stable until then.

However, some banks have been increasing their interest rates for specific products. See article Westpac and NAB Increase Variable Interest Rates. We expect that most lenders will follow Westpac and NAB lead in increasing interest rates but we will keep you updated as each  lender makes an announcement.

UPDATED INTEREST RATE ANNOUNCEMENTS

NAB announced that it will increase it variable rate on property investment loans by 0.15% for new and existing customers. These changes will take affect next Monday on the 12th December.

From December 16, Westpac will increase its variable interest rates for owner occupied and investment rate by 0.08% for interest only loans. Westpac’s line of credit loans, equity access loan, will increase by 0.15%. We expect Westpacs subsidiaries St George, Bank of Melbourne, Bank SA and RAMS all to make similar adjustments to their interest rates.

ING Direct have announced that they will be increasing their variable interest rates on all residential home loan products for new and existing customers by 0.15% p.a. These changes will be effective from 12th December 2016.

UPDATE Friday 9th December

ANZ Bank will increase their Residential Investment Property Loan Index Rate (applicable to investors with a Standard Variable Residential Investment Loan) by 0.08% and ANZ Equity Manager interest rate effective 16th December.

There are no interest rate changes to ANZs  Owner Occupier home loan customers and there is no change to Simplicity PLUS home or residential investment loans.Adelaide Bank and Bendigo Bank will increase their residential mortgage variable interest rate by 0.10% p.a., effective 15th December 2016.

UPDATE Tuesday 13th December

Commonwealth Bank will increase its investment home loan rates by 0.07% and VLOC (Veridian Line of Credit) by 0.15%. There no changes for owner occupied home loans, business loans and fixed rates.

Current Bank Interest Rates Rate Cut and Date
Adelaide Bank / Bendigo Bank +0.10% 15th December
AMP No Change Announced
ANZ See Above
Bank of Melbourne See above
Bank of Queensland No Change Announced
BankWest No Change Announced
Citibank No Change Announced
Commonwealth Bank See above
ING Direct Bank +0.15%  12th December
ME Bank No Change Announced
Heritage Bank No Change Announced
NAB See above
St George Bank See above
Suncorp Bank No Change Announced
Westpac See above

If you have any questions about the announcement or interest rates, please feel free to contact us.

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Banks Passing on the 0.25% Interest Rate Cut for August 2016

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UPDATE 3:15 pm: Commonwealth Bank (CBA) have only passed on 0.13% of the 0.25% rate cut. We expect other banks and lenders to follow their lead.

Not long after the Commonwealth Banks decision NAB, ANZ and Westpac have all reduced variable interest rates but not by the full amount. They are making their mortgage holders wait between 10 and 21 days from the date of the announcement before they pass on the rate cut.

We have observed in the past that when interest rates increase, the full 0.25% or more amount is passed onto consumers and they are increased within a week from the announcement.

Soon after the Reserve Bank of Australia announced they will reduce the official cash rate from 1.75% to 1.50%, the major banks and many other lenders have not made a decision as yet.

We will keep you updated on how much and  the major lenders are going to reduce their interest rates with our trusty interest rate table.

Current Bank Interest Rates Rate Cut and Date
Adelaide Bank / Bendigo Bank -0.10%  29th August
AMP -0.10%  22nd August
ANZ -0.12%  12th August
Bank of Melbourne -0.13%  23rd August
Bank of Queensland -0.15%  31st August
BankWest -0.10%  23rd August
Citibank -0.15%  23rd August
Commonwealth Bank -0.13%  19th August
ING Direct Bank -0.12%  15th August
ME Bank -0.10%  23rd August
Heritage Bank -0.10%  24th August
NAB -0.10%  19th August
St George Bank -0.14%  23rd August
Suncorp Bank -0.10%  24th August
Westpac -0.14%  23rd August

If you have any questions about the announcement or interest rates, please feel free to contact us.

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